John H. Rusk, son of J. M. and Rose A. Rusk, was born in Clay county,
Illinois, on the 17th day of February, 1871, and died on the 16th day of
December, 1929, aged 58 years, 9 months and 29 days.
Mr. Rusk was one of nature's noblemen, born and reared on a farm and was very successful in its pursuit. He followed that vocation all his life.
He was one of those peculiar peopie who move through life without much friction. A friend to all he was loved and respected by all with whom he associated and while he was not rich in this world's goods he was ever ready and willing to assist the poor and needy. He united with the M. E. church at Beulah Chapel near Louisville in his early youth, but moving from that locality he joined the Christian church, Bethlehem, near his home and has lived a devoted and loyal member.
Besides his widow, Mrs. Fanny Rusk, he leaves one step-son, W. S. Rusk, and one daughter, Mrs. Mason Harbin, both of this place; also one brother, Ernest Rusk, of Sorrento, Illinois; two nephews, Homer Rusk and Hugh Rusk, of Decatur, Illinois, and one niece, Mrs. Eunice Taylor, of Millmine, Illinois.
Such a life as Mr. Rusk has lived, has its influence in the home, the church, and the country, such living has made them today what they are; the influence of such a life is felt years after the person's death. Nothing greater can be said of any man, than that he was a true devoted husband, a kind and indulgent father, faithful to his religion and a good citizen.
There is no death,
The stars go down to rise upon some fairer shore.
And bright in heaven's jeweled crown
They shine forevermore.
Extracted 12 Jun 2017 by Norma Hass from 1930 Pictures and Biographical Sketches of the Business Men of Clay City, Illinois.